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Sundance Film Festival

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    Sundance 2013: CNN Films and Magnolia Pictures Catch 'Blackfish'

    CNN Films and Magnolia Pictures have partnered to acquire U.S. rights to director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s U.S. documentary competition film “Blackfish.” Magnolia will open the film in theaters over the summer, and CNN will air the doc on TV later in the year.

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    Sundance: Fox Searchlight Acquires 'Way, Way Back' For Almost $10 Million; Stars Carell, Collette, Janney, Rudolph and Rockwell

    Fox Searchlight has picked up the rights to Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's "The Way, Way Back," which premiered at Sundance on January 21. The acquisition is a big buy, reportedly just under $10 million...

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    Sundance Futures: Lindsay Burdge on Finding Compassion for 'A Teacher' Who Goes Too Far With One of Her Students

    Why She's On Our Radar: In Hannah Fidell's NEXT entry "A Teacher," Lindsay Burdge appears in pretty much every frame as an attractive suburban Texas high school teacher engaged in a heated affair with a male student. The subject matter alone attracted a lot of attention in Park Cit...

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    Sundance 2013: Fox Searchlight Goes Big for 'The Way, Way Back' for Close to $10 Million

    Fox Searchlight has taken to Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s directorial debut “The Way, Way Back,” which had its world premiere Monday at the Eccles Theatre. It may stand to be the biggest buy in recent memory, as one source puts the price just short of $10 million for North American rig...

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    The 2013 Sundance Review Report: Day 5

    Here's how critics liked the movies of Day 5 at Sundance, including a new Andrew Bujalski film, and the directorial debut of the co-writers of "The Descendants."

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    Sundance Review Roundup: 'Upstream Color' Is a Gorgeous Head-Scratcher

    Critics don't mind feeling stumped when it comes to Shane Carruth's gorgeous, enigmatic Sundance entry "Upstream Color." While the film is largely receiving praise, reviews are quick to point out that the narrative, nominally about a young man and woman "consumed by a higher force," will raise plent...

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    Sundance Review Roundup: Batmanglij and Marling's 'The East' Dividing Critics

    Critics are divided on director Zal Batmanglij ("The Sound of My Voice") and co-writer-star Brit Marling's newest collaboration, "The East." While some find the film a relevant, absorbing eco-terrorist thriller, others deem it overlong and "deeply silly." Review highlights below.

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    Sundance Deals: Jerusha Hess and Stacie Passon Get Distribution Deals

    Jerusha Hess’s directorial debut, Austenland, was picked up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for around $4 million. The film, which stars Keri Russell and Jennifer Coolidge, follows a woman who is obsessed with a BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice to a Jane Austen themed resort to se...

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    Sundance: RADiUS-Weinstein Company Gets Buzzy 'Concussion'

    RADiUS-The Weinstein Company has acquired North American rights to "Concussion" at the Sundance Film Festival. The film centers on Abby (Robin Weigert), a middle-aged woman who moves to Manhattan and takes on a double life as a high-end escort.

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